Central Iowa Community to Add More Red Light Cameras


A Gatso USA systems engineer makes adjustments to the red light camera aimed at the northbound lanes at the intersection of Edgewood Rd. NE and 42nd St. NE on Thursday, April 8, 2010, in northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)


By Aaron Hepker

CLIVE, Iowa – The Clive police have given out more than 18,000 tickets in the past two years, and that number is expected to go up in the next year, after the city installs three new red light cameras.

The Clive City Council voted on Thursday night to approve the installation of the new cameras.

There are currently six red light cameras throughout the town, but Clive police see a need for more.

"In the past, in any one year at that time, we would issue about 150 to 200 tickets for the entire year. Now, with the cameras in place we typically have 600 to 900 violations per month," Clive Police Chief Robert Cox said.

Police say the prevention of accidents is the main reason for the cameras, however the money generated each month does help the city.

All of the money must stay in the public safety budget.

In the past it has been used to higher more police officers and for new equipment for the fire department.

The new cameras will be installed on the eastbound approach of NW 100th Street and along Hickman Road.

The city council also raised the red light ticket price from $75 to $100.

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